Vigil held for Tibetan monks
Lobsang Ngodup of Amherst leads a prayer on the steps of Northampton City Hall Wednesday evening during an 87 hour vigil held for monks who have taken their lives via self-immolation in protest of the Chinese occupation of Tibet.
In this photo taken Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, young Tibetan Buddhist monks Tenpa, front right, and Tsering Dhondup, left, relax with friends during a break in studies at the Kirti Monastery called the Kirti Jepa Datsang Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Dharmsala, India. The recent self-immolations protesting Chinese rule over the region originated in the Kirti Monastery in Aba, Sichuan in Tibet. At least nine Tibetans in their late teens and 20s have set themselves on fire since March, with five or more of them dying from their injuries. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)